April Student of the Month: Burcu Hensley

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Burcu Hensley has been bringing her sweet self into the studio for some time now, taking classes and graciously volunteering to help with cleaning twice a week. Each time she comes in, she amazes us with her capacity to be present and the lightness of her spirit. Burcu is a brilliant woman with a big life, yet she fills the studio space with an unassuming humility and grace that is refreshing to be around. We are so grateful!

Here’s what Burcu has to say about her practice:

What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked?

I don’t know that there is one experience in particular; I think the practice of yoga in general reaches me beyond a physical level and nurtures my mental health and well being, and that is something I know I need in my life.

What inspires you to continue yoga?

Yoga is very rejuvenating to me, and also challenges me at the same time. I don’t really have a better way of describing it other than it just feels good!

What is your favorite pose?

Warrior 2. I feel very grounded and strong but still very light and agile all at once.

What is your most challenging pose?

Actually, down dog. I still often have to go to puppy dog pose. I am working to build my upper body strength and down dog quickly finds my personal limits.

What is your favorite time/place to practice?

My ultimate favorite, although I don’t get to do it often, is outdoors and somewhere where I am alone—at the beach, on a grassy lawn, and preferably under full sunshine! Asheville Community Yoga is a close second, though, as I feel like the center is expertly designed and the studios are so accommodating to how I like to practice.

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga provides me with great perspective, which in turn helps to center and calm me when life starts doing its crazy thing.

Do you have a favorite yoga book or video?

Well, not a book or video, but something similar: Each evening when I clean at the studio, I keep a close ear on Michael’s class (sometimes I don’t need to try hard if his microphone is turned up!) and I listen for the nuggets of wisdom he shares. My favorite nugget as of late: “Loving oneself always prevails, even if it hurts.”

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

Bubbly, fun, caring.

Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice?

Breathe and try again.

What is your mantra?

Be happy!

Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about?

I have a passion for life, and every single thing in it! I love to do what I can to spread happiness in every way possible, to everyone possible, and I think that touches every part of my life.

Burcu, thank you so much for being who you are and for all that you bring to this community. You are a fantastic example of a beautiful human living your yoga, and we are blessed to have you among us!